The Beatles – Forever Fab Tribute at Cape St Francus Resort

The Beatles tribute at Cape St Francis ResortHere is another great show for the ‘Baby Boomers’ and younger generation to boot. No group either before or since has influenced music quite the way The Beatles did and if you are a Beatles fan this is one not to be missed.

Centrestage reprises its very first band show as ‘Forever Fab’ brings the ever popular music of the Beatles to the Cape St Francis Resort for one night only on 3 January 2016. The show features Port Elizabeth’s very own popular fabulous foursome – Alan Kozak as John Lennon, Wayne Kallis as Paul McCartney, Andrew Warneke as George Harrison and the inimitable Gino Fabbri as Ringo Starr – with Fenlin Pitie on keyboards.

The first half of the show features the raw energy of the early Beatles club performances, which are majestically replicated by the superb group of Centrestage entertainers/musicians in such a way that the frenetic live performance authenticity which drove the late 1950’s / early 1960’s fans into a frenzy, is recreated. Songs such as Mr Postman, Twist and Shout, I Want to Hold Your Hand, From Me to You, I Saw Her Standing There, Help, Love Me Do, Paperback Writer, 8 Days a Week and Can’t Buy Me Love amongst others are faithfully reproduced and imbued with the trademark early-day naive Beatles personalities and wry humour.

As the Beatles matured, their music changed to incorporate ground-breaking new sounds and experimental, often drug inspired, influences of the time. Trippy songs like Eleanor Rigby, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Get Back, Back in the USSR, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Magical Mystery Tour will demonstrate the strong psychedelic feel in this segment.

Much loved sing-along Beatles classics such as Yellow Submarine, Obla Di Obla Da, Revolution and Hey Jude are guaranteed to get the audience participating at the top of their voices!

The big Beatles ballads such as Let It Be and The Long and Yesterday are also included in the line-up which features no less than 38 Beatles classics.

“The simplicity of the Beatles music really allows the performers to show their individual strengths”, says Gary Hemmings. “Since the first incarnation of the show, Wayne Kallis has blossomed as an incredibly confident front-man, whilst Alan Kozak has become a firm crowd favourite with his textured vocals and crisp acoustic guitar playing. Gino, who drummed on the original show, provides the rhythm and the predictable, unpredictable fun.

Forever Fab features the ultimate feel-good festive season song-book and promises a roller-coaster evening of face-paced entertainment in what has become known as ‘the Centrestage tradition’.

The show starts at 20:00 and tickets costing R140 per person can be booked at Computicket or by calling Riekie on 042 298 0054 or Wendy on 082 661 6921.

Dogs are off the course

St Francis Today recently received the following letter from a reader in response to a recently published letter from St Francis Bay Golf Club regarding walking dogs on the golf course (read).

Chairman and Committee – St Francis Bay Golf Club.

A Joyous season to you all and  a Happy New year. The tills are tinkling and the rounds are over the top. The course is pristine and the weather is good.  Our holiday visitors are flooding in and we welcome them with smiles and patience.

The dogs are off the course (until January 20 we were told). Quite understandable at this time of the year. We want to be proud of our old village course.

But then in creeps the bleak winter and the tills are quiet, the rounds are down and the course is soggy.  Slowly, emerging, shaking themselves off are the permanent residents, the backbone of the village. Many elderly and on fixed incomes but their loyalty sees the village through these wintery months.

Consider us all – new hips, new knee shoulders  or just plain old. Don’t lose the caring spirit of the village we need you.

We have tried so hard to live up to your expectations. Doggy poo notices on the poles, nagged the owners to bag it and take it home, patrolled and picked up unknown heaps, stayed off  the greens and out of the bunkers, avoided Wednesday and Saturday competitions and Company days. If there are still some wayward owners we apologise. If you can’t identify them describe their dog. After all they are distinctive as most come from the SPCA and Rebecca.

But now some facts that are there for all to see.

The boundaries are porous – open to stray village dogs and people, illegal golfers stealing a round, children and grandchildren playing in bunkers, household pets from the residents next door. A nightmare to control.

Ban walking on the old nine where mostly the Plovers and the Thick Knees nest, the Yellow bill ducks and Herons fish. There are no dams on the new nine and one pair of Plovers on 15th are easily avoided.

The nine next to the sea in years past was a Public Open Space, the only green lung in the village. Our beach can only be walked at very low tide and the sandbank at the mouth has hundreds of Swifts, Gulls, White-fronted Plovers, Whimbrels, Sandpipers  and the odd speciality that pays us a visit and draws birders from far and wide. These species are as vulnerable as those on the golf course.

Enough said but first a Thank You for the letter recently sent congratulating the doggy group on the cleanliness of the new nine. We try,try……..

Sincere greetings, a Merry Xmas from an old past member.

Read letter from Golf Club published on December 17th